In 18 days, if you haven’t already voted by mail, you’ll be asked to cast your vote for a variety of candidates vying for an assortment of public-service offices. You’ll also be asked to vote your stance on a list of 11 propositions — most of them dealing with taxes — in the California General Election on Tuesday. Nov. 6.
Do you know which candidates you want to represent you in San Diego? In the state capitol? In Washington D.C.? Do you know how you will vote on the propositions? The voter guide for this election has 125 pages of dense description about them.
Like it or not, it’s time to do your homework so you can be an informed voter; the stakes are too high to leave the choices to others!
For your consideration, the La Jolla Light, has made endorsements for seats in the offices representing our home front.
• San Diego voters have a clear choice for
: One candidate represents the city’s best chance for a forward-moving future, the other an opportunity to take several steps into the past.
is, without a doubt, the best qualified to lead San Diego. He has effectively represented District 5 on the City Council since 2008. He is a self-proclaimed watchdog intent on eliminating waste and fraud in the city and in reforming its pension fund.
His guidelines for a better San Diego are included in his “Roadmap to Recovery,” a step-by-step plan for balancing the budget, reforming the pension system, fixing crumbling infrastructure and restoring ethics and accountability to every level of city government. He boils down his vision to three key words: “pensions, potholes and prosperity.”
Along the way DeMaio has picked up both supporters and critics. Many of the latter are connected to San Diego’s organized labor movement, who fear their members who work for the city will be hurt by pension plan reforms. These labor interests support Bob Filner, DeMaio’s opponent in the contest for mayor.
The San Diego City Council, under the able leadership of Mayor Jerry Sanders, has made great strides toward restoring stability and trust in our municipal government. Sanders has endorsed DeMaio as the best candidate to continue moving forward. We wholeheartedly agree.
• In the contest for
City Council District 1
representative — our first-responder for La Jolla, the Village and community-wide issues — we’re choosing
over incumbent Sherri Lightner.
Though Lightner promised to take our neighborhoods to city hall — and has done so — she left our neighborhood issues on the steps of city hall. Was the voice of La Jolla ever really heard downtown? We still have crumbling streets and sidewalks, water mains breaking, police and fire department vacancies, neglected palm trees falling over, antiquated lifeguard stands on our beaches, and traffic volumes at speeds whizzing out-of-control.
Though Lightner is a hard-worker who is beloved and supported by many and has the best intentions for her community, she hasn’t built the coalitions in city hall that are needed to get things done. And to say La Jollans are frustrated over the decline of their once-sparkling jewel is a polite understatement. Her 11th-hour project updates to advisory groups this fall came too little, too late.